Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 28 - Crossing Cotmanhay Road
w/e 28 November 2004
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Live and Let Live

I don't suppose there is anything remarkable about the "Live and Let Live" except to note that, despite the number of public houses in Ilkeston, by following a circuitous route via the Rutland Recreation Ground, Victoria Park and the Manners Link, this is the first one we have passed since leaving the Market Place. Between the pub at the bottom of Charlotte Street and Cotmanhay Road lies Granby Park.

The park is made up of a large expanse of open grassland, a playground with swings and slides for children and this piece of modern art near the main entrance at the junction of the aforementioned roads. The park's appearance today belies the fact that it occupies the site of the former Granby Colliery but the site was acquired way back in 1896 for a recreation ground.

Granby Park

One of the segments of the sculpture is inscribed "Changing Places - 2000 AD, Breaking The Mould 1 of 21, Artist - Andrew McKeown". Inscriptions on the other pieces are just as enlightening and possibly more so, but whatever your take on modern art, it is regrettable that graffiti vandals - I refuse to call them artists - have found it necessary to daub their messages here.
Cotmanhay Road

Our ultimate direction as we leave the park is to the left but at the bottom of Charlotte Street we must first turn right and walk along Cotmanhay Road almost as far as the buildings seen towards the centre of this picture. Between those buildings and the vehicle heading towards us, there used to be a railway bridge over the road.
Linear Park

It is here that we once again pick up the route of the old Great Northern Railway having already trod the path known as the Manners Link between Manners Avenue and Heanor Road. This part of the route is now called the Cotmanhay Linear Park and as the plaque tells us at the access, it has been partly funded using landfill tax credits by the Waste Recycling Group Ltd.
Landscaped Route

The route has been landscaped and has created a pleasant and quieter alternative way to reach Nelson Street instead of walking along the busy Cotmanhay Road.
Ebenezer Street

Several roads cross the Linear Park, the first being Ebenezer Street but we shall continue to the next intersection at Duke Street before turning right to reach Awsworth Road. The small inset here shows the view down Ebenezer Street to Awsworth Road. The walkway now ceases at the Nelson Street housing development but originally the railway continued on its way to Nottingham over the Bennerley Viaduct which we first saw from the grounds of the Erewash Museum in Stage 02 of the Town Walk.

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